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Interesting Facts That Set Softball Apart

Many people, me included, do not hesitate to point out how softball has striking resemblance to baseball. It is very true that for spectators, the two games are almost similar. What most of us do not know is that the two games are actually different in various ways. Nobody can be blamed for this kind of ignorance because most of us were exposed to the other kinds of sports that are more popular as we grew up: I am talking about games like basketball and football that almost everyone knows a lot about. This article highlights facts about softball that set it apart from other games and totally differentiates it from baseball. After reading this, you will never, even for a second be tempted to view the two games from the same perspective.

The game acquired its current name in 1926.The name ‘Softball’ was coined by Walter Hakanson. From its invention by George Hancock in 1887 as an indoor sport, it has had several names; mush ball, kitten ball and even indoor baseball.

This game is mainly for female players and is often referred to as a sport for ladies. It has even been argued by many, that the invention of the game was so that Baseball would remain to be played by men only. The game is played by 9 players.

There are two known types of the game; there is fast pitch softball and soft pitch softball. In soft pitch, when the ball is pitched, it must arch in the air. Fast pitch on the other hand, pitching of the ball is faster and stealing and bunting are permitted. It is important to note that stealing and bunting are not allowed in soft pitch. In any softball game, the ball has to be strictly pitched underhand.

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Common Sports Injuries in Softball

Softball is a popular, fun sport. Like many physical activities and sports, however, it does come with its own risks in injury. Different positions have separate likelihoods for what sort of injury one may sustain though some cross over. Most often these injuries will include the hand, the wrist and the forearm, the shoulder and the back. They’re all connected, after all. Pitchers will have a slightly different form of injury when they do get hurt due to the windmill motions that effect the same areas in a different way.

Tendinitis is most common from overuse. This when a tendon becomes inflamed. It can be present in back and neck pain, in the elbow and down to the wrist. Over-head throwing motions can aggravate this and for catchers, knee inflammation is often also a reported and suffered injury.

It is extremely important to give these injuries the proper healing time that is needed, or re-injury and aggravation is much more likely. These are different in nature to what are called ‘acute injuries’ which is in the event of something sudden and immediate. That would fall under the category of a broken bone or a deep wound in need of stitches.

Injuries of the knees are not the most common when playing softball. However, when a kneecap gets twisted it can result in permanent pain and even the need for surgery to fix the kneecap that has slipped and torn. They are very delicate and once injured tend to plague the victim.

Muscle strains and lower back pain is common across the board no matter what your position on a softball team. Squatting over a home plate for a catcher doesn’t help this situation, so warming up and making sure to stretch throughout the games is important.

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Softball Performance – How Soft Is Softball

How soft is Softball? Ordinary Softball Injuries and their Prevention

Softball is feminine. As such, one may not easily encounter hard instant injuries as it is in football or in rugby. Nonetheless, softball too has a class of “soft injuries” that are very common among its players. Usually, it only takes a good game momentum due to a stiff competition before the first aid kit finds its job in softball. A later research on the softball injuries by the Stop Sport Injuries organization has reported that softball injuries are likely to be the most dangerous when neglected. This edition intends to explore the main softball injuries and some of the ways to prevent them.

The Commonly Affected Body Parts

The North Central Surgical Center (NCSC) classified the common softball injuries into two categories: the injuries due to overuse and injuries due to an instantaneous force on a body part. The injuries that are due to overuse occur as a result of neglect and stress on a body part whereas the acute injuries are due to poor playing practice. Here is a list of the most commonly affected body parts:

 

  1. Shoulders injuries

For most pitchers, the danger of a shoulder injury will always lurk. The NCSC noted that tendon inflammation is the leading shoulder injury. When it persists, a player may easily lose his/her shoulder stability. In such a case, one may also lose a talent together with the shoulder. On extremes, it may lead to a frozen shoulder which leads to shoulder separation.

 

  1. Back injuries

These injuries are mainly experienced by softball catchers. This owes to their prolonged squatting posture while wearing the heavy protective clothing. The research indicated that prolonged engagements without proper rest may result to back pains and in some cases severe back injuries or shaking of the spine.

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Softball Performance Tips – Mental Training For Softball

Today I would like to show you one of my favorite books. You all know that skills work is very important. You need to have good defense, good offense, run the bases well, be able to slide, bunt, and throw the ball.

Therefore, these are the priorities in softball. These are the most important factors. How good your skills are is going to contribute a lot to how well you perform on the field.

Next are tactics. These are collective play, team defense, team offense, that sort of stuff. These are also important.

Then many people also understand how important it is do strength conditioning to be stronger, fitter, more powerful, and more explosive.

However, while we all agree and so does everybody else, the mental part of the game is one of the most important aspects of the game. Especially when everybody is good, you get through some level of play.

The difference between the good and the greats is not in terms of technical skills or strength conditioning but the biggest difference comes from the mental side of things.

They are mentally tougher, more confident, more focused, and many people know that.

However, because sports psychology in general is not black and white, it is a whole bunch of shades of gray. Coaches and athletes do not spend as much time on the mental game as they should.

They know it is important but they do not really know how to address it. If you are a coach, this is also good for parents and athletes but especially if you are a coach. This book is called Focused Fast Pitch, 80 Drills to Play and Stay Sharp by Gloria Solomon and Andrea Becker.

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